Accession Number:

ADA496757

Title:

Korean Unification: The Way Forward

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

109.0

Abstract:

This thesis examines the following potential scenarios for the unification of the Korean peninsula and discusses their pros and cons 1 the collapse of the North Korean government followed by its absorption into South Koreas current governmental structure 2 a possible Free Trade Area FTA encompassing the Korean peninsula with the potential to expand to neighboring nations and 3 the establishment of Special Economic Zones SEZ within North Korea using business practices from both South Korea and China to strengthen their economic and national ties. A matrix of five variables will be used to measure the effectiveness of each scenario. The variables are time, cost, stability, international acceptance, and trust between the two Korean states. The scenarios also will be examined through the lens of the theory of economic interdependence. The hypothesized end state would encompass a single Korean nation that actively participates in the international community while remaining free of nuclear weapons. The author dedicates a section of the thesis to how this nation might emerge on the international scene and how its neighbors might view it.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE